About Me

Lynne Francis is a qualified HPC registered Art Therapist and practicing artist with extensive experience of working with a wide range of individuals and groups in different health care and educational settings.

Lynne has always worked with a wide range of materials and loves painting drawing and collage. She has worked with kiln formed glass, enamel on glass and enamel on metal. She particularly likes working with found objects from the natural environment including willow, woody cuttings from the garden, seed heads, leaf skeletons and bark and has been exploring ways of making models with these fragile materials. She likes exploring the unexpected and recently has been exploring 'rain painting' in which she paints in the garden in the rain on a canvas, using different materials to observe the effects of the rain on the image and leaves the canvas exposed to the elements, photographing it at each stage.

Lynne is a practicing Buddhist who has practiced Buddhist meditation techniques for over thirty years. She has taught meditation at Studio Upstairs in Bristol (an artists therapeutic community where she presently work), in her own art therapy practice to children in primary schools and at an NHS acute admissions ward for those with mental health problems. She also teaches meditation to health professionals on her Mindfulness and Art Therapy training courses run for the British Association of Art Therapists and she has taught mindfulness based art therapy in  NHS settings  and run a  ten week   mindfulness and art therapy group at Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol, the first of its kind to be run in Avon and Wiltshire mental health Trust. .

Lynne is also qualified general nurse, mental health nurse and teacher. In her experience as a nurse and therapist she has worked with those with drug and alcohol problems and with adolescents and children in schools and in secure settings. As an art therapist, she worked in a mental health team that was set up to tackle deprivation and discrimination in the inner city area working with individuals and diverse cultural groups. She also co-ran an Asian Women’s group as part of this initiative.

Lynne has also worked in hospital outpatient departments with groups of individuals with mental health problems such as psychosis, depression, anxiety or ME. She has worked with individuals and groups of adults with memory problems and with older adults with a range of issues including mental health problems, organic brain disorders (such as dementia) and other disabilities, working closely with carers and relatives.